Remembrance events in Great Yarmouth this weekend will honour the fallen

Remembrance Sunday service at St Georges Park in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass

Remembrance Sunday service at St Georges Park in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the Remembrance Sunday service in Great Yarmouth this weekend.

The Festival of Remembrance held at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth.Norfolk Fellowship Brass p

The Festival of Remembrance held at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth.Norfolk Fellowship Brass performing.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Sunday sees the annual civic Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph, in St George's Park, at 10.55am. The wreath-laying ceremony will take place regardless of the weather.

There will be a two-minute silence to remember the fallen at 11am, and Mayor Cllr Shirley Weymouth will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough. They will also be laid on behalf of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as other groups including youth organisations.

The service has grown in numbers over recent years but last year it had to be moved to St Nicholas Minster because of constant rain.

Residents and the civic party will then be invited to attend a further service, at 12.30pm, at the Far East Prisoner of War Memorial, at the Jetty, Marine Parade. This is organised by the Great Yarmouth branch of the Far East Prisoner of War Association.

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On Wednesday, November 11, at 11am, a two-minute silence will be held at the Cenotaph to mark the anniversary of the armistice. A similar event will take place in Gorleston at the War Memorial in the old Magdalen Way Cemetery.

A service will be held on Sunday at Bush Quay, opposite the Pier Hotel, in Gorleston when the Air Sea Rescue/Marine Craft units of the Royal Air Force will be holding a Service of Remembrance. And this year will be joined by members of Gorleston Coast Rescue Team.

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People wishing to attend should get there at 10.45am and the service will start at 10.55am with a short act of Remembrance, including prayers and readings. All welcome to attend.

Also on Sunday, at 10.30am, the Rev Linda Ricketts will hold a Remembrance Parade and Service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston.

St Georges Infant School pupils making poppy petals for the Festival of Remembrance.Picture: James B

St Georges Infant School pupils making poppy petals for the Festival of Remembrance.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The Rev Ricketts will then conduct a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday at 10.55am at Gorleston Old Cemetery near the former Magdalen Arms. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Macey Room of the Seagulls Centre.

Tickets are sold out for Great Yarmouth's own Festival of Remembrance this evening, at St George's Theatre, which will culminate in paper poppy petals floating down from the ceiling during a two-minute silence.

The poignant commemoration, introduced last year as a one-off to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, drew a full house and raised hundreds of pounds for the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Salvation Army.

The festival has been brought back by popular request – and all 247 tickets available were snapped up some days in advance of the event today, Saturday, which will again feature live patriotic music, poems, and readings.

It is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and former BBC Radio Norfolk broadcaster, Tony Mallion – who will also host the event – in partnership with the Salvation Army's Norfolk Fellowship Brass Band, the local branch of the Royal British Legion and St George's.

Profits will go to the Salvation Army and the Royal British Legion.

Tony said: 'The fact the festival is sold out, and in such a short period, shows the huge public desire to remember those who have sacrificed so much during conflict, and also to raise money for good causes.'

As part of the festival, the audience will be invited to take part in a Last Night of the Proms-style patriotic singalong as well as a salute to Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

There will be a performance by the Dusmagrik Young People's Theatre Company and the showing of films made by schoolchildren about the First World War. Crew members from HMS Dauntless, for which Great Yarmouth is an adopted port, will attend and speak about their work.

The remembrance service section, led by the mayor's chaplain, the Rev Albert Cadmore, will feature a number of Royal British Legion and other flags, as well as the two-minute silence.